Basics of Bioinformatics
What truly differentiates a bioinformaticist from a biologist is the ability to perform data extraction, organization, mining, analysis and interpretation in a high-throughput manner as against in a manual, piecemeal fashion, which is both extremely tedious and time intensive. This training helps students achieve tremendous productivity by giving them the ability to automate routine and highly data intensive bioinformatics tasks.
The focus of the foundation course in Bioinformatics is on using Perl’s powerful regular expression and pattern searching libraries for analyzing any kind of biological data, viz., DNA and protein sequences, gene expression data, etc. and using its in-built modules and libraries to build”wrappers” around essential genomics tools such as homology searching, sequence alignment, gene prediction, etc., to create automated routines for web-based sequence analysis.
Basics of Bioinformatics covers the following topics:
§ Module 1: Elements of Perl programming
§ Module 2: Sequence analysis with web-based tools
§ Module 3: Perl/BioPerl programming for sequence analysis